Synaptics launches Katana Edge AI kit to accelerate

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Synaptics Incorporated (Nasdaq: SYNA) today announced an Edge AI Evaluation Kit (EVK) for rapid development and prototyping of artificial intelligence applications (IA) at the periphery. Based on the low-power Synaptics® Katana system-on-chip (SoC) platform, the kit combines vision, motion, and sound detection hardware and software with wired and wireless connectivity to simplify the design and development of advanced AI for the Internet of Things (IoT), including smart home, construction, industrial and surveillance applications.

Kit demonstrations and technical sessions around Katana will be given at the tinyML Summit this week (March 28-30) where Synaptics is a Platinum Sponsor.

The edge AI hardware market is expected to reach $38.9 billion by 2030, reflecting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 19% from 2021, according to Valuates Reports.1 Applications driving this growth include automotive and consumer electronics, both of which need the real-time, low-latency response that cutting-edge AI enables. While power consumption and size constraints are challenges for implementing an edge semiconductor, the report says, increasing demand and adoption of AI products and services should create lucrative opportunities.

Synaptics Katana Edge AI EVK accelerates application development in smart home security and assisted living, machine vision solutions, smart buildings, and smart cities. “The market for edge-to-edge low-power AI solutions is characterized by a wide range of applications that have specific use-case requirements,” said Ananda Roy, senior product manager, low-power AI, at Synaptics. “What they have in common is that they all require intelligent and efficient detection and analysis of image, audio, voice and motion data.”

In some cases, various sensor fusion algorithms are needed to provide more accurate and actionable data. “Edge AI and sensor fusion are complex and multi-faceted application development areas and we know from experience that our customers benefit the most from a more comprehensive platform of hardware, software, wireless connectivity and technical assistance to commercialize their IoT concepts. Roy added.

Katana Edge AI EVK Highlights:

  • Baseboard featuring the Katana SoC with advanced neural network engine for low-power AI processing
  • Sensors for imaging, audio, voice and motion
  • Synaptics Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless connectivity module
  • Accessories for the development of person detection applications, including mounting bar and aerial camera clips
  • Wiring
  • Battery
  • Pregnant
  • User manual and software

The Edge AI EVK is now available through Synaptics sales channels. To learn more, see:
Demo: Katana Edge AI EVK Play Meter Display Panel
Demo: Katana Edge AI EVK performing people detection and counting
Visit Synaptics at tinyML Summit for a live demo of the Katana Edge AI Kit

For more information, contact your local Synaptics representative.

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About Synaptics Incorporated:
Synaptics (Nasdaq: SYNA) is changing the way humans interact with connected devices and data, creating exceptional experiences at home, at work, in the car and on the go. Synaptics is the partner of choice for the world’s most innovative intelligent systems vendors who integrate multiple experiential technologies into platforms that make our digital lives more productive, insightful, secure and enjoyable. These customers combine Synaptics’ differentiated technologies in touch, display, and biometrics with a new generation of advanced connectivity and AI-enhanced video, visual, audio, voice, and security processing. Follow Synaptics on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, or visit

For more information, please contact:

Patrick Mannion
Real. external public relations and technical communications
Synaptics Inc.
+1 631-678-1015
[email protected]

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